Coast Guard supports 73rd U.N. General Assembly operations

NEW YORK – Coast Guard Cutter Marcus Hanna, a 175-foot buoy tender homeported in South Portland, Maine and a 29-foot Response Boat – Small from Maritime Safety and Security (MSST) 91106 New York maneuver close to a barge to transport personnel during a mass casualty drill conducted outside the United Nations Building, Sept. 21, 2018. The Coast Guard along with multiple agencies, support maritime safety and security during the country’s largest National Special Security Event (NSSE). (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Hunter Medley)

NEW YORK – Coast Guard Cutter Marcus Hanna, a 175-foot buoy tender homeported in South Portland, Maine and a 29-foot Response Boat–Small from Maritime Safety and Security (MSST) 91106 New York maneuver close to a barge to transport personnel during a mass casualty drill conducted outside the United Nations Building, Sept. 21, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Hunter Medley)

NEW YORK – The Coast Guard, along with multiple government agencies, are positioned to support maritime safety and security for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City.

Months of planning go into the preparation for this unique event where representatives from nearly 200 countries come together and work on a wide array of international issues.

Coast Guard units from around the country arrive in the New York City area to ensure maritime safety and security for the visiting dignitaries. These units include various Coast Guard Sector New York cutters and small boats, various Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team’s, and Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team.

Numerous Coast Guard units and partner agencies spend hours on the water enforcing security zones on the East River and the Hudson River during the assembly.

“This is a team effort involving multiple federal, state, and local agencies, and we’re proud to play an important role in securing the United Nations General Assembly,” said Rear Adm. Andrew J. Tiongson, commander, First Coast Guard District. “We strive to have the best possible safety and security measures in place, while keeping commerce flowing in one of America’s busiest harbors.”

For the past seven decades, New York City has played host to the country’s largest National Special Security Event (NSSE) when Heads of State from all over the world convene for the UNGA.

The U.N. General Assembly concludes October 5.

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